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Tall Poppy Review: Complex Recovery in The Art of Falling

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Imagine falling 14 stories from a city high rise and landing on top of a car. That’s what happens to Penelope Sparrow, a complicated character who has spent her entire life obsessively chasing her dream of becoming a successful dancer. Riddled with insecurities, struggling to adapt her body to the demands of the dance profession, and under the constant pressure of her loving but overbearing mother, Penelope wakes from this devastating trauma to face a heartbreaking new reality of brokenness. In The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks) Kathryn Craft has penned a story that takes us through the complicated challenges of recovery while braiding this emotional storyline through a web of intricate subplots. In this tale, we are challenged to consider our…

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‘Only Child’ Author Rhiannon Navin on School Shootings, Family and Grief

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I loved Only Child, the debut novel from Rhiannon Navin, written from the perspective of a first grader, Zach, who experiences a school shooting. The writing pulled me in so much, I couldn’t put down the book until I finished; I think about the characters and how they dealt with tragedy and loss everyday, and I see the value of empathy now more than ever. I felt hesitant when I was ready to pick up my copy – we as a country are experiencing the aftermath of a school shooting once again and emotions are difficult to keep in check when thinking about the minute by minute experience of the kids during the occurrence, so I was not sure I was…

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In ‘The New Old Me,’ Meredith Maran Proves 60 Can Be the New 20

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A great undiscovered jewel, and from what I infer, a book that deserves to get into every single book club in the nation, and beyond. My enthusiasm is perhaps excessive. There comes a time when a book appears and has valuable lessons to teach us. We learn something we never suspected existed. People, at 60, have a life as well, and they go through ups and downs and reinvention of self like the rest of us, and still have to learn lessons along the way. They can even display resilience and an appetite for life. It is pleasant surprise that a publisher would release a book that actually concerns our aging nation, where so much emphasis rests on the land…

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So Gorgeous They Hurt: 3 Tough Tearjerkers Worth Every Tissue

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Sometimes you just want a book that shreds your heart and sheds your tears. This week BookPeople in Austin, Texas recommends three gorgeous books that will bring the feels in a major way. BookPeople is a well-loved landmark in Austin voted the best bookstore in Austin for 20 years, and voted Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2005. Their booksellers recommended these titles: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout Press, September 1, 2015) Recommended by Raul Chapa, inventory manager, who said: “This great work encompasses the vast emotional range brought on by considerations of mortality and a hopeful awareness: we are stories that live on in others. We are aware of some of them…

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